Lawmakers Scolded For Behavior

Sunday, November 18th 2007, 8:28 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A group that includes Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has bought half-page advertisements in the state's two largest newspapers condemning the manner in which some lawmakers refused copies of a commemorative edition Quran.

Retired Oklahoma Baptist University professor Mack Roark, who drafted the letter that appears in the ad, says the group was motivated in part by public reaction to the incident.

The controversy began three weeks ago when Sand Springs Republican Rex Duncan wrote fellow lawmakers that he had refused a copy of the gift.

The Quran was offered to House and Senate members by the Governor's Ethnic American Advisory, which is chared by a Muslim.

About three dozen other legislators ultimately refused copies of the Quran.

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